Our Team and Partners

Our team

At Phoxinus Ecotouristic Services Ltd we know that successful holiday programs do not just happen. We are the ones who create a close connection with our guests and are responsible for their unique holiday experience with common passion of responsible and sustainable travelling.

Our mission is to be pioneers in order to develope the ecotourism in Hungary through this brand new Nature & Wine and Horse riding responsible travel holiday offer from our country.

The passion and expertise of our team that make Phoxinus Ltd truly special. We accept only small groups, maximum 18 people are in a week turn, so we can fulfill your wishes in a real personalized way.

We feel also responsibility to assist our guest to broaden their horizons, explore new places , learn about the hungarian culture, and besides protection of nature to interpret the wine culture, beautiful landscapes, living and non-living natural values.

We believe, that even though technology is becoming ever more important in the travel industry, there is no doubt that it is the people that matter most.


Anita Sign

Anita Batternay

economist

Director of Phoxinus Ecotourism Services Ltd.

Fejes Éva

After gaining her degree in Economics and Tourism, she is currently a university student for Nature Conservation. Apart from coordinating ecotouristic programs and guiding bird-watching tours, she also takes part in the regular monthly bird count. English language became second nature to Eva after she lived in the United States for several years. As a nature lover and bird enthusiast, she enjoys sharing the beauty and the treasures of Kis-Balaton with visitors.

Kis Áron

Áron Kis is a young, charming, and well-experienced official horse-riding tour-guide and instructor , moreover he is competitor rider, taking part in jumping and coach-driving championships. He has started equestrian acitivity more than 20 years ago, when he was a child. Áron studied environmental sciences also, and as a high school student he has already given horse riding lessons. Later he took a course in tour guiding on horseback.

Now He is the chairman of the Equestrian Association of Lovas , where his family runs their own ranch, and all horses have been trained by Áron. He regularly gives riding lessons to children as well as to adults, and organises multi-day rides, hunt field rides and championships.

Hajnal Virág

She is the owner and office-manager of our local partner office in Veszprém , in the area of Lake Balaton.

Virág has a college degree in Tourism and 15 years experience in managing tourism at Balaton. She is an expert in gaining and coordinating the best flight tickets to our customers.

Katalin Demjanovics

She has 2 diplomas, first is in Tourism , University of Pannonia Veszprém, second is Economist.
17 years working and living at Balaton region as region-marketing touristic professional, worked for Official Hungarian Tourism Office of Balaton
She has been focused in ecotourism for several years and horse-riding tour authority specialist

Our partners

Tensi Tours Balaton Travel Agency

8200 Veszprém, Budapest str. 6.

IATA nr. 31248151

Member of DRV, Deutscher ReiseVerband

15 years experience in tourism in the area of Lake Balaton.

Contact: Mrs Virág Hajnal

Owner and office manager

Flight tickets service

Customer service +3630/9972239

Email: flightticket@natureandwinetravel.com

Welcome to Balaton Uplands National Park !

The primary objective of the Balaton Uplands National Park(founded in 1997) is the comprehensive conservation and protection of exceptional natural assets and areas. Besides protection it is also important to interpret the beautiful landscapes, living and non-living natural values and to provide possibilities for the present and future generation for learning and relaxing in nature.

The area covers 56 997 hectares and we invite You into the most beautiful and valuable landscape , flora, fauna protection areas by the professional guides of the National Park in order to get an unforgettable ecotouristic holiday. You can immerse into the detailed peculiarities under Menu Nature & Wine Holiday - Daily programs or also Menu Responsible travel or Lake Balaton.

The prior mission of Bakony–Balaton Geopark is to protect and interpret the rich geological and geomorphological heritage of Balaton , with the involvement of local people and communities and by launching geotourism activities and educational, awareness raising programs.

The Bakony–Balaton Geopark became member of the European Geoparks Network and the Global Geoparks Network – assisted by UNESCO in 2012.

Through sustainable geoturism, a Geopark would even be able to serve in the development of the local economy. One of the crucial tasks is to make the visitors and the local inhabitants realise the significance of the geological heritage. A Geopark would never lend a helping hand to those who make money selling geological values (for example selling fossils and minerals) nor to those who would damage these values.

Monadnock Ecotourism Services is a registered European Trademark , and chosen from a geological notion: a kind of isolated hill , peculiarly shaped result of the volcanic activity which preserved the original height and layers of the surface of the surrounding, eroded area.

Objectives and mission:

The Monadnock Trademark is founded to:

1. achieve a partnership for nature conservation and responsible tourism development among eco- travel service providers.

2.These goals can be achieved only with the co-operation of the visitors who show responsible behaviour on the protected areas. We believe that You help us to protect nature, do not disturb the habitats and natural values!

3. The right of usage can be deserved by fulfilment of the requires which are special standards of sustainable and responsible travelling and eco-touristic services. The trademark can prove the travellers, that the service provider meets the requirements.

We are proud of that Phoxinus Ltd is able to share the common mission this way.

(The new Monadnock Ecotourism Trademark website will com soon.)

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is a program of the International Tourism Collective, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ecotourism. Founded in 1990, TIES has been on the forefront of the development of ecotourism, providing guidelines and standards, training, technical assistance, and educational resources. TIES' global network of ecotourism professionals and travelers is leading the efforts to make tourism a viable tool for conservation, protection of bio-cultural diversity, and sustainable community development.

Anita Batternay is the first member from Hungary.

Principles of Ecotourism

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize impact.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.

Raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climate.

Utilizing the global ecotourism development experiences, TIES helps mainstream sustainability in tourism and inspire positive changes in the industry.